Haiti Approves Interim Reconstruction Panel

    Downtown Port-au-Prince was left in ruins by the magnitude 7.1 earhtquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12. The approval of the interim reconstruction panel gives foreign donors a say on how the city and country will be rebuilt. Photo by: Photo by: Marco Dormino/UN

    The Haitian parliament gave the go signal to create an interim commission that will oversee the country’s reconstruction in the next 18 months, Reuters reports. The creation of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission will allow the international community to participate in decisions on Haiti’s reconstruction.

    The commission will be co-headed by Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max-Bellerive and United Nations special envoy for Haiti, Bill Clinton. It will be tasked to identify which projects will be funded by the pledges made during the March 31 donor conference in New York.

    The Haitian parliament also extended the post-eartquake state of emergency in the country for another 18 months to coincide with the tenure of the interim commission.

    Haitian President Rene Preval is set to sign the approved bill into law. Preval will have a final veto over all reconstruction projects, Reuters says.

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